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Belly Fat? Cortisol versus Oxytocin and Weight Loss

Weight gain is perhaps one of the most challenging health issues a person will ever have to face during their lifetime. Whether tackling the more serious condition of obesity, or just dealing with the more regular day to day issues of weight control, finding a solution to the issue is much debated among physicians, health professionals and of the public alike. Can oxytocin help with weight loss?

Oxytocin and weight lossThe fact is: weight gain is commonly associated with stress. When a person becomes stressed, the body reacts by releasing higher levels of the hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is an important hormone in our bodies, produced in the adrenal glands. It is essential to maintaining glucose metabolism, regulating blood pressure, keeping a healthy immune system and triggering an anti-inflammatory response. Stress typically secretes cortisol into the bloodstream, earning the hormone the common label of “the stress hormone,” meaning that it is present in the body at higher levels during the “fight or flight” response to stress. Increased levels of cortisol result in several defensive mechanisms during periods of stress, such as heightened memory, increased pain thresholds, increased immunity and increased short term energy levels.

Returning cortisol to normal levels

However, although cortisol is an important part of the body’s defense against stress, it is equally important that the body’s functions are able to return to their normal levels following periods of stress. If this does not happen, this can lead to more severe conditions, such as chronic stress, anxiety and depression.

On many occasions, the body’s cortisol levels return to normal naturally after a period of stress. However, if they do not naturally do so, it may be necessary to intervene with appropriate treatment. To keep cortisol at a healthy level and under control, the body’s relaxation response needs to be effectively activated after fight or flight. One important hormone in aiding relaxation is oxytocin.

Managing cortisol

Oxytocin acts as a warrior against cortisol, keeping it at manageable levels. It is your body’s built-in mechanism for countering the effects of increased cortisol levels, helping to restore your body to health naturally. Elevated cortisol levels can lead to a number of health problems; healthy levels of cortisol break down non-essential organisms in order to break down blood sugar levels. However, when cortisol levels stay high, they start to break down essential parts of the body, such as bones. This is then linked to physical conditions such as weight gain, heart problems and brittle bone conditions.

Cortisol levels can remain high because the body is not producing enough oxytocin to negate its effects. The good news is that oxytocin is available as a bio-hormone, thanks to many research studies linking its production to reduced stress, improved social relationships and general men’s and women’s wellness.

Dr. Tammy Tucker, a family physician based in Bentonville, Ark., has over ten years experience in working with hormone balance. She said: “The challenge with stress is that the more we experience it, the less we do about it. Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone in the brain that can help to reduce stress.”

Stress is linked to weight gain. Excess fat is a natural consequence of too much cortisol in the body. The war between cortisol and oxytocin is a finely-fought one; the two hormones are constantly at work trying to maintain a level of balance in the body. If at any point that balance tips in favor of cortisol, the consequences are directly linked to weight gain. Taking oxytocin supplements in the form of a nasal spray or sublingual drops could be a simple solution to helping keep weight under control.

Lose Weight with Oxytocin

Oxytocin Factor is a non-prescription supplemental oxytocin in either a sublingual liquid, which is dripped underneath the tongue, or a nasal spray for quick and convenient application. Online reports and testimonials are proving highly positive, with results ranging from improvement to complete eradication of the problem.

For more information contact Bryan Post, Managing Editor of Oxytocin Central info@oxytocincentral.com or call (405) 476-1983

 

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